You Asked 4 It: Why does it snow? | KOB 4

You Asked 4 It: Why does it snow?

Eddie Garcia
February 21, 2019 07:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— KOB 4 Meteorologist Eddie Garcia received a new question for his You Asked 4 It series:


“Why does it snow,” Mikal asked.

Eddie explains that snow is formed when temperatures are at or a few degrees above freezing and there is enough moisture in the atmosphere in the form of tiny ice crystals.

“Snow forms when those tiny ice crystals in clouds stick together and grow to become snowflakes,” Eddie said.

If enough crystals stick together, they'll become heavy enough to fall to the ground.

Temperatures at the surface must also be around freezing or below, in order for the snow to fall.

Watch other You Asked 4 It stories:

Why will a tongue stick to a frozen pole?
Which type of snow is the best to play in?
Why is there less sunlight during the fall and winter?
How do leaves change colors in the fall?
Why doesn't it rain salt water?
Why do we have a monsoon season?
Why can you smell rain?
Is it dangerous to take a shower during a thunderstorm?
Why do storms come from the west?
Why does it rain?
What causes wind?
What's with the temperature variations across NM?
What's the deal with the sun dog?
How does a cloud form?


Eddie Garcia

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